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Northern Ireland power-sharing talks have stalled, says Brokenshire

Northern Ireland power-sharing talks have stalled, says Brokenshire”

Northern Ireland's semi-autonomous government collapsed in January, after Sinn Fein pulled out of governing with their DUP counterparts over the handling of a renewable energy scheme.

Brokenshire has set 6 November as the deadline for an agreement to be reached before the United Kingdom government will intervene and set a budget for Northern Ireland.

"That progress stalled at the end of last week", he said.

Mr Brokenshire said if the impasse was not breached soon "the landing lights will be on and landing gear coming down" as Westminster control edged closer.

One of those who sits on the executive board is Gerry Adams, who on Wednesday in the Irish parliament accused Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar of being behind a "misleading government briefing" to The Irish Times. "That progress stalled at the end of last week", James Brokenshire told a parliamentary committee.

Former U.S. President Bill Clinton, who played a central role in brokering the 1998 peace deal that ended three decades of sectarian bloodshed in Northern Ireland, used a brief trip to Dublin this week to travel to Belfast and meet the main parties.

'Unless there is a renewed spirit of compromise then the outlook for imminent resolution is not positive.

"The institutions only have value if they enjoy the confidence of the people and time is now running out for the DUP and British Government to decide whether they are prepared to end their denial of rights and implement previous agreements as basic requirements of any sustainable and credible government".

"We're on a glide path to more Westminster intervention", he said.

Brokenshire said he would continue to support all efforts to find a way to break the impasse but it was "profoundly in all our interests" for the all the parties to reach a solution.

He said: 'We can't go on much longer'.



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